💬 Where do you find inspiration in your life?
I’m not talking about your creativity or ideas for daily posts on social media. I’m talking about life and projects. Where do you find inspiration to create goals? Or become a better version of yourself, or build new projects?
Quitting social media for a while gave me a whole new perspective of my life and state of mind. I started 2019 with lots of new ideas, and I’m gonna share them with you very soon. Now I know almost exactly what I want to do for the next twelve months.
My inspiration for some of my goals, and my motivation to redraft my 2019 Agreement comes 20% from books of course, and contradictory or not, 80% from social media. Well, sort of...
Have you ever noticed that there are always some articles here and there telling us about people on YouTube and Instagram who are deemed as extremely evil and whose goals are making us miserable because they’re constantly posting good content and “trying to drive us to depression” by exposing their perfect lives online, which by the way are not that perfect, but they make it look perfect on a level we are never gonna be able to achieve?
That’s bullshit. Even if they don’t have a perfect life, those are the people who are painting the ideal life for many of us who think the same way because we’re all connected by the same trends, thoughts, and ideas. Some things resonates with us, some don't. We don’t have to blindly do everything an influencer does but what’s the harm in following those people to build your own ideas, and hone YOUR life, to feel inspired and motivated?
And please forget the depressing people who constantly and desperately wanna tell the world that they are better people now because they ditched toxic people from their lives or because they are blessed and privileged for being able to exercise their right to freedom of speech to each they are and always were entitled to. I’m talking about really inspiring people who couldn’t care less about being reminded on social media and actually feed us with great ideas, motivation and inspiration every day.
These are the people who inspire and motivate me. What’s your source?
Good morning, #Beardy
Some books that I borrowed (stole) from my mom’s very expansive bookshelf, featuring my sister’s hand (it took about 20 minutes to achieve this photo lmao).
Have you all read any of these? Let me know how you liked them!
2791314 January, 2019
From a hectic relationship between two friends to a second rate actor plunged into a whirlwind press tour to a war veteran dealing with the emotional scars of battle, Tom Hanks explores the human condition and all its foibles in his first collection of stories.
The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world.
Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Mr Hanks brings both those characteristics to his writing. Alternatingly whimsical, moving and occasionally melancholy, Uncommon Type is a book that will delight as well as surprise his millions of fans, as well as those who just love a good story.
My classes start tomorrow! Wish me luck 💛
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.
One of the many, many reasons Kerouac means the world to me is how in the space of a paragraph, a sentence, the world can go from frenzied, exploding glory to gasping dissolution and loss.
“Her coat smelling of winter and joy, in my arms. Her coquettish looks everywhere—her impulsive quick looks at me to laugh, comment, or criticize, and straighten my tie. Suddenly throwing her arms around my neck and pulling up her eyes to my face, her own, seized like a sob to squeeze me, plead love out of me, own and possess me greedily, whispering in my ear—Cold wiggling nervous hands in mine, the sudden grip and fear, the vast sadness all around her like wings—“Poor Maggie!” I thought—looking for something to say—or if you said it—it would fall like a strange wet tree from your mouth—like the pattern of black veins in the earth of her uncle’s and all uncles graves—non-sayable—non-ownable—split.
Side by side we stared at the dance, the two of us dumb and darkened. Adult love torn in barely grownup ribs.”
I've been bedridden (+ sofa and beanbag-ridden) for the last two days with a godawful bug but now that I'm starting to feel more human, this is #upnext on my list!
Transcription by Kate Atkinson is, from what I gather, a spy novel about the aftermath of a life in espionage. 18 year-old Juliet Armstrong is recruited to Mi5 during World War II to monitor British fascist sympathisers. Ten years later, while working as a producer for the BBC, her past comes back to haunt her. .
I'm really looking forward to reading a recent release for once, I definitely don't read enough. From memory, I only read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine last year, and it was my favourite read of the whole year. This wasn't actually on my to-read list but it just called out to me while on a bookshop browse, and after reading the blurb I was sold.
Has anyone read this? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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I read this recently from my library. Graphic novel of story of Bob Marley. Fantastic artwork and fascinating biography.
I love the comic book format of biographies like this. Reminds me of the comic strip life story pages in the Look In magazine I had as a kid which presented life stories of figures such as Elvis, The Beatles, Shakin Stevens, Five Star and even... Noel Edmonds.
This one on Bob is longform and packed with detail and colour and an inspirational tale.
One Love ❤
I've been feeling really under the weather lately and lost in the disassociation fog. The only thing that's been able to hold my attention (and distract my brain) has been the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series by M.J. Alridge. I tore through the first book in a day and now I'm on the second book and it's proving to be a great distraction! .
Have you read this series? What did you think? .
Finally finished this today, very engagingly written and thought provoking. I've read many books about the social structures of orcas, but didn't realise the extent of these in elephants and wolves (and many many other animals). We all need to do better on the whole not destroying the planet front.
Next up from my TBR jar... Carter and Lovecraft! 🦑
Now that I’ve read 5 of the books on my 30 before 30 list, I can go back to my normal TBR jar 😏 I can’t deny that I may have squealed when I pulled this name out!! REALLY excited for this one. Matthew bought it for me maybe two birthdays ago? I had never heard of it but he had been researching for Lovecraft-related books and found this one!
The only time I’ve seen it on bookstagram has been on Holly’s @the_infinite_book_dragon page I believe, so I’ll share the synopsis below 😈
“Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he’s a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him.
First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he’s never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn’t want a new boss. She’s Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendent of HP Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man.
Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn’t want to be involved, he’s beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As Carter reluctantly investigates, he discovers that HP Lovecraft’s tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected, and far more unwanted, inheritance.”
33021 hour ago
Started a new (fiction!) book on the recommendation of @wudeee. Looking forward to getting stuck into it over the next couple of days between flat works and working. It's also nice to not read an over 700 page science book for once!
1531 hour ago
«Укроти-ка свое сердце богатырское,
Оставь людей хоть нам на семена!»
На рубеже 5-6 лет благодаря маме в мою жизнь вошли книги, первую из прочитанных лично – «Легенды и мифы Древней Греции» Куна до сих пор обожаю большой и чистой любовью. Как настоящая патриотка я всегда ищу отечественный аналог понравившимся мне иностранным вещам. Так «Былины» стали моим заменителем «Легенд и мифов Древней Греции», а дополнительно этому поспособствовал замечательный советский фильм 1956 года «Илья Муромец», который раньше часто показывали по телеканалам. Когда я уже училась в школе, студия «Мельница» начала выпуск очень популярной мультипликационной франшизы про русских богатырей. Это уже не первый всплеск интереса к русскому фольклору, очень популярны былинные герои были и в советское время, и в XVIII веке. Мне кажется это очень закономерный процесс, ведь любому молодому государству нужна своя история, своя «античность» – легендарные герои, удивительные подвиги, поэтому с таким постоянством идет обращение к былинной тематике.
Читая былины в более осознанном возрасте *теперь уже с комментариями*, начала понимать, что там все далеко не так радужно, как в мультфильмах и на полотнах известных художников. Оказалось, что богатыри не очень то и приятные люди – злые, мстительные, обидчивые, много пьющие; князь Владимир Красное Солнышко тоже не лучше – трус и алкоголик. Понятно, что эти герои вряд ли имеют что-то общее с реально жившими людьми *хотя я смотрела документальный фильм «Илья Муромец. Правда или быль?»*. Мало того, что герои обладают не особо благородными качествами, так и любовные истории у них сплошь и рядом печальные – жены норовят изменить с лучшими же друзьями, хвастаются в своей силе и ловкости, а уж от Добрынюшки никак не ожидала «трех наук молодецких».
«Ох, как больно русски мухи кусаются!» #почитаюшки_mir_ka #nowreading «Былины» #ни_дня_без_книги_mir_ka_#русская_классика_mir_ka_
Amazing news!!! The 2019 Edgar Award Nominees were announced today, and The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard is one of six titles nominated in the Best Novel category!! @mysterywritersofamerica
The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard @cathryanhoward | Available in all formats from Blackstone Publishing | Audiobook read by Alana Kerr Collins, Alan Smyth and Gary Furlong 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 “Read The Liar’s Girl with the lights on. A thrilling whodunit with a shocking final twist.“-A. J. BANNER, USA Today bestselling author
The girls and I are spending these cold days curled up with a favorite 😍
1112 hours ago
Normal People by Sally Rooney 🍃 I read Conversations with Friends last summer, and although I felt slightly hesitant while reading it, I finished the last page and realized I had, without warning, formed a sincere affection for the characters. The same can be said for Marianne and Connell in Normal People. While the initial premise might not reveal it, Rooney’s second novel is, at the heart of it, an honest and raw love story. The characters’ flaws and senses of self-worth make them utterly human, prone to misunderstandings and miscommunication. Rooney’s writing style is unique, moving from carefully crafted illustrations to plain descriptions and terse sentences. The final result is, surprisingly, quite brilliant — simultaneously anguishing and heartwarming.
3232 hours ago
"Here, the 'abolition of species' is realized as the dissolution of boundaries between art, literary genres, languages and hierarchies. [...] A science fiction novel that is, at the same time, a symphony in four movements. [...] Dath is an immensely imaginative and versatile intellectual."
– Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung
Join our next European #BookClub on March 21, 6PM at the Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N Michigan Ave, Suite 200.